Error "Error creating process" After Attempting to Install Tableau Desktop

Published: 24 Apr 2017
Last Modified Date: 22 Aug 2019


When attempting to install Tableau Desktop, the following error message might occur:
"Error creating process <path>
Reason <path>"


  • Tableau Desktop
  • Windows


To resolve this issue, you can do one of the following tasks:

Option 1

Create a new temporary folder on the C:\ drive. For example, create a folder called Temp that has the following path: C:\Temp. Edit the TEMP and TMP environment variables to point to this new folder, then install Tableau Desktop again. For instructions on how to change the temporary folder, refer to the following MSDN blog post:

Option 2

Create a temporary folder on your machine and copy tableau.exe to this new folder. Then extract the installation files from tableau.exe to this temporary folder so that you can properly install Tableau Desktop.
  • For example, open the Command Prompt, change directories to the temporary folder you created above and type the command:
tableau.exe /layout "[path to the temporary folder]". For example, tableau.exe /layout “C:\Users\jsmith\Desktop\TableauDesktopTemp" 

After the files are extracted, you can double-click the file with the “.msi” extension to install Tableau Desktop.
In this article, “tableau.exe” is a placeholder name for the actual name of your installation file. For example, a Tableau Desktop installation file may look like “tableau-setup-std-tableau-”.


This message typically displays because the Windows operating system (OS) has a problem with the installation process. In this case, the OS is unable to extract specific files it needs from  the Tableau Desktop installation file (tableau.exe) to properly install.
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